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The Fortune of War

O'Brian, Patrick

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ISBN 10: 0002224984 / ISBN 13: 9780002224987
Edité par Collins, London, 1979
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280pp. With torn dust jacket G+ : in Good plus condition. Minor spine lean. A little minor marking within. N° de réf. du libraire obr10ab

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Titre : The Fortune of War

Éditeur : Collins, London

Date d'édition : 1979

Reliure : Blue/grey hardback cloth cover

Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included

Edition : First Edition.

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Synopsis :

Read by Tim Pigott-Smith
Three Cassettes, Approx. 5 hours

The 6th novel in Patrick O'Brian's hugely successful Aubrey/Maturin Series

Captain Jack Aubrey, R.N.,arrives in the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and best-armed frigate in the navy.  He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for England in a dispatch vessel.  But the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en route.  Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on hime with a vengance.

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This time it's the War of 1812 that gets in the way of Captain Jack Aubery's plans. Caught en route to England in a dispatch vessel, Aubrey and Maturin are soon in the thick of a typically bloody naval engagement. Next stop: an American prison, from which only Maturin's cunning allows them to engineer an exit.

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